It may also be a good idea to 'pet-proof' the house before the new pet arrives and to remove anything that can be swallowed.
Mr. Tibbs, a seven year old tabby living in Newport, kicks the door when he wants to go out and has trained his owner to respond by opening the door for him.
Another nine year old Newport 'top cat' called 'Mouse', will pull his owner's hand with his paw when he sees his owner using a fork to eat, wanting to investigate the food to see if it is good enough for him to share with his owner.
Likewise, dogs can also cleverly develop their own behavioural strategies to get what they want. Take the example of Princess, a small Yorkie. Like many other dogs she will throw her ball at her owners when she wants them to play and throw the ball back to her.
At night, after Princess has been told to go to her basket in the kitchen she will wait until her owners have gone to bed. Then Princess will use the techniques and subterfuge of an SAS soldier deployed on a top secret mission.
Princess will wriggle on her stomach out of the kitchen, cunningly crawl on her stomach up the stairs, one stair at a time, and before they know it, her owners have found that she has snuggled her way onto their bed.
Some doggy behaviour may be related to attempts to achieve 'top dog' dominance in the home and to put human owners in a subordinate position. The story of Bob, a Border Collie, serves as an example. When he was around one year old he developed the same routine.
Every afternoon he would go to the window overlooking the street. When Bob saw the thirteen year old daughter of the house return home from school he would immediately go to the kitchen to guard his bowl of food.
Bob would protect his bowl and growl if the daughter went into the kitchen even though the daughter kept telling Bob, "I don't want your food!" The situation was resolved when some advice was followed about not putting food in Bob's bowl until after the daughter had eaten her food first. The advice worked and affirmed the position of the daughter in the house, leading to a happy resolving of the situation.
Some human behaviour, however, can be just as challenging as that of pets. Take the case of Betty and George, two budgies, who were the cherished companions of their elderly owner. The owner's daughter had a wicked sense of humour and decided to buy some sugared almonds. One night she placed some of the sugared almonds at the bottom of the budgies' cage.
In the morning she called out to her father, "Dad, dad, you'll never believe it, Betty has laid some eggs!" Her father was excited at the thought of the arrival of baby budgies and was fascinated by the 'eggs' for several days until the truth was finally told to him.The budgies themselves were unharmed during the experience and completely ignored their 'eggs' during the time that they had been placed in the cage.
With appropriate training for both pet and owner, most domestic dogs and cats, given care and attention will reward their owners and also provide mental or physical health benefits as well as unconditional affection and companionship. Learning to care for a pet can also benefit children and give lots of pleasure.